Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Pentagon’s $718 billion funding request for fiscal 2020 is a “requirement-informed budget” supporting the National Defense Strategy and addressing threats posed by Russia and China, the Department of Defense website reported Thursday. Shanahan, a 2019 Wash100 winner, testified on Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to provide an overview of DoD's FY 2020 budget request and how its provisions intend to respond to those specific threats.Read More »
Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense, and Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, principal deputy cyber adviser to the DoD secretary; have said the new authorities to establish information technology and cybersecurity standards under the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act are coming into force, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. “The authorities that you all gave me starting this year around being able to set architectural standards are quite significant, and we are now starting to use those new authorities,” said Deasy, a 2019 Wash100 winner, during his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in January.Read More »
President Donald Trump has met with Defense Secretary James Mattis and chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to discuss the administration’s plan to implement a $33B cut to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget, Defense News reported Tuesday. “I had a frank and productive conversation about our national security goals with the president," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), SASC chairman, said in a statement.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) have called on the Trump administration to back away from the plan to impose a $33B cut to the Defense Department’s budget for fiscal 2020. Inhofe and Thornberry, chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, wrote in a Wall Street Journal commentary piece posted Thursday that such a move would force DoD to enforce cuts in “areas where most money can be saved quickly—troops, new equipment, training and maintenance—as it did under sequestration in 2013.”
The co-chairmen of a commission that reviews the National Defense Strategy have said the lack of stable funding and concept of operations would make it difficult for the strategy to address the threats posed by China and Russia, USNI News reported Wednesday. Gary Roughead, a retired Navy admiral, and diplomat Eric Edelman of the Commission on the National Defense Strategy appeared Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss the commission’s recommendations.Read More »
The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have asked the Defense Department to delay the implementation of a proposed rule that seeks to compensate contractors based on performance, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. “We should not make it harder to do business with the Department of Defense than it is to do business with other parts of government — and that’s exactly what this regulation does,” HASC Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told reporters Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has welcomed the appointment of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Inhofe “rose to the occasion and helped lead the committee in passing crucial legislation that honored the example of his predecessor and the volunteers who defend our nation,” McConnell said in a statement published Wednesday.Read More »